Samsun Governor Mr. Osman Kaymak, who issued a press statement about the 23rd Summer Deaflympics where 97 countries will participate between 18th-30th July, called the people of Samsun to embrace the events: "Deaflympics is a great opportunity to demonstrate Turkish hospitality to the world. I am calling out to all my bureaucrat friends, all officials and all shopkeepers: Let's embrace this event".

Preparations are almost complete in Samsun with only 2 days left until 23rd Summer Deaflympics, the largest sports organization in Turkish sports history. Governor Mr. Osman Kaymak issued a press statement on Deaflympics 2017, where more than 3 thousand athletes from 97 countries will compete. Mr. Kaymak said that there is an aura of pleasant excitement in Samsun and that they were glad to experience this excitement. He continued: "I'd like to thank our Youth and Sports Minister Mr. Akif Çağatay Kılıç, who strived rigorously to hold the Deaflympics here in Samsun and to bring modern sports venues to Samsun."

Governor Mr. Kaymak reiterated that more than 3 thousand athletes will arrive at Samsun and Deaflympics 2017 is a great opportunity to promote Samsun to the world. "We have a great mission in demonstrating Turkish hospitality and chivalry to the world. I am calling out to all my bureaucrat friends, all officials and all shopkeepers: Let's embrace this event. Like good hosts, let's not upset our guests, let's prevent bad incidents. Let's help our guests in arriving to the event venues and then come back peacefully to their lodgings. I expect them to endeavor to this end.", he said.


Mr. Kaymak announced that with the new 19 Mayıs Stadium coming into service, the opening ceremony of the Games will be held in this new stadium. "Our Youth and Sports Minister Mr. Akif Çağatay Kılıç is exerting great effort to organize a grand opening ceremony. We shouldn't leave him alone. It is not just Mr. Kılıç's job, it's everybody's job. In this regard, our people should fill the stadium. Holding a grandiose opening holds great importance for both Samsun and Turkey. We are inviting the people of Samsun to the opening ceremony. They should absolutely come."


Governor Mr. Kaymak, who stated that Samsun is a city living peacefully and isn’t viewed in a negative light, stated: "The people of Samsun are civil, integrated to the world and enlightened. I competely trust the people of Samsun. I have no worries about a negative incident. We assigned nearly 3100 policemen and 1280 gendarmeries to the events. We have taken security measures by bringing in a large number of police officers from other areas. We have taken serious measures in terms of both security and traffic for athletes. There is a saying in security: A person’s conscience is their own police. In this sense, I believe that everybody in Samsun will collaborate with the security forces and I implore them to be understanding with the police."


Governor Mr. Kaymak, who remarked that Samsun will now be known as an "Olympic city" in addition to its fame of its port, torch, healthcare, sports and role in the Independence War (the first step of Atatürk to Anatolia), continued: "I believe the title 'Olympic city' will be permanent after Deaflympics 2017 comes to an end without any incidents and all our guests will have been hosted in the best way possible. To this end, I expect support from the people of Samsun."

Mr. Kaymak wished success to the athletes and continued: "I wish the Deaflympics to bring prosperity to our city and our country. The whole world will be talking about Turkey and the whole country will be talking about Samsun. In this sense, I wish our national athletes success. I hope they receive a lot of gold medals and proudly hoist our flag."

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